VB and Cremerie de Paris a fairytale for the young Romanov Children

VB & Cremerie de Paris, a fairytale for the Romanov children
A story that left ... and that returned




VB (Hôtel de Villeroy Bourbon) since 1370
Alix Hessen (1872 - 1918)
Dmitri Romanov (1891 - 1942)
Anastasia Romanov (1901 - 1918)
Carl Solms (1903 - 2004)
Alexei Romanov (1904 - 1918)
Friederike Solms (1905 - 1993)

Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971)
Aimee de Heeren (1903 - 2006)
VB.com since 1991 / 2007

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The cartoon movie "Anastasia" mentions a music box from Paris.
The real jewelry box is the Cremerie de Paris,
a legendary place in the childhood of the Romanov children.


1910s The Fairytales around
VB (Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon)
and Cremerie de Paris
childhood place of Louis XIV
told by the Tsarina to the young Romanovs

Over a hundred years ago grew up in Russia
5 children of exotic beauty.
The were the 4 daughters and the son of Tsar Nicolas II
and his Anglo German wife Alix Hessen / Alexandra Feodorovna.


Dmitri Romanov with Nicolas II
Olga Romanov, Tatiana Romanov, Maria Romanov, Anastasia Romanov, Alexei Romanov





Around the children were many cousins
Three of them have a direct connection with todays Cremerie de Paris :

Dmitri Romanov with Nicolas IIDmitri Romanov with Nicolas II
Dmitri Romanov was the oldest one.
Dmitri was the son of the Tsars uncle.
He had grown up with Sergei Romanov (uncle of Nicolas II)
and Elisabeth Hessen (older sister of the Tsarina (Alix Hessen).
Following a terrorist attack that had cost the live of his adoptive father Sergei,
14 years old Dmitri became part of the imperial household.

Dmitri Romanov with Nicolas IIDmitri Romanov with Nicolas II
Catl Solms and Friederike Solms the youngest ones.
They were both a direct nephew and niece of Eleonore Solms / Eleonore Hessen
the stepsister of the Tsarina and second wife of Ernst Ludwig Hessen.

Carl Solms was a few months older than Alexei Romanov who admired him for being very sportive,
something Alexei suffering from hemophebia was not allowed to do.

Friecerike the young cousin of Anastasia.
The little girls copied each others hairstyle.

Tsarina, young Romanov childrenTsarina, young Romanov children
The Tsarina had a fascination for children
and when they were by themselves, she told them
stories about VB and the Cremerie de Paris.
Cremerie des Halles was a milkstore at the entrance of the Paris Les Halles foodmarket,
the world's most beautiful maket that ewisited since centuries
and that had been rebuuld in the 1860s
by a woman the Tsxarina had known as a child.
There were many many stories,
a new one every day.

Louix XIV, third Bourbon King of FranceLouix XIV, third Bourbon King of France
The key caracter of the stories was a young boy
that had the same age than the children
and that had lived at the VB mansion (Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon)
250 years earlier ...
The young King Louis XIV, later called le roi soleil (the sunking)



Solms and Romanov ChildrenTsarina, young Romanov children
When they were among each other
the children continued to talk about Cremerie de Paris.
They all wanted to travel to Paris and discover this fascinating place
in the capital of fashion.




The cartoon movie "Anastasia"
mentiones a Music Box

The real music box
is the Cremerie de Paris



The film does not match reality and retells Anastasia's life with a lot of phantasy.
The moovie enjoyed a positive reception from many critics
and received nomination for several awards,
like an Oscar award by the Academy Award for Best Original Score of the Best Original Score




The Possible asurvival of Anastasia

Legendes about Cremerie de Paris
coming from the Tsarina, mother of the Romanov children
Alix Hessen growing up around Eugénie, the woman
that build le quartier des Halles de Paris


The Tsarina had a passion for her children
She was not interested in politics, state affairs, court issues ...
All she liked were the children and her husband.

At night she told them fairytale stories
The most beautiful ones were about a certain "Cremerie de Paris",
a milk store at the iconic Halles Centrales foodmarket in heart of the French capital.


Louix XIV, third Bourbon King of Francegate of the Cremerie de Paris / Hotel de Villeroy
Cremerie de Paris is part of a century old mansion
where another child, the young Bourbon King Louis XIV had lived a long time ago.
It was the house of the children François and Catherine de Villeroy,
their father was the tutor of the young boy, later called Sunking.

Later they all lived at the Palace of Versailles.
The stories had a secret code "VB" so that adults
would know what their sorties were about.



Empress Eugenie and Alix Hessenyoung Alix Hessen
The Tsarina knew these stories from her childhood friend
the French Empress Eugenie that was still alive and that lived the United Kingdom in exile.
Eugenie was a friend of her own grandmother, Queen Victoria
mother of her own mother Alice that had died.

Empress Eugénie had lost her only child and loved Alix (the Tsarina)
and sometimes before Alix went to bed,
Eugénie came to tell her about the Cremerie de Paris.


Queen Victoria by Winterhalterthe original rue des Halles
As a young woman Eugenie had married the French Emperor Napoléon III
with the project to make Paris become the world's most beautiful city.
The new foodmarket at Les Halles Centrales was the project of Eugénie.
She knew the détail of everything.

The market was made of the Pavillons Baltard, 10 glass iron pavillions
and some beautiful newly erected avenues like the Rue des Halles.
On the corner of number 15 rue des Halles
and the centuries old rue des Déchargeurs was located the Cremerie de Paris.

When a grand reception was going on in St Petersburg,
food was coming from this market brought to Russia with the Nord Express train.




1918 - Russian Revolution
End of a story
The 5 Romanov children are killed

1918 july 17 The five Romanov children were killed
under the oder of the dictator Vladimir Lenin.


The Possible asurvival of Anastasia
remaine a much discussed mystery for the entire century.










1920s - The Cremerie de Paris story continues
with Dmitri Romanov and Coco Chanel
N°5 and a little jewel

Dmitri Romanov with Nicolas IIDmitri Romanov with Nicolas II
1920 Dmitri Romanov survives the Russian Revolution
and comes to Paris. He discovers Cremerie de Paris
and shows it to Coco Chanel.

Chanel staircaseChanel staircase
Chanel falls in love with both Romanov and Cremerie de Paris.
A staircase with a mysterious N°5 forged into the railings
captivates her.

Coco Chanel

Chanel staircaseDmitri Romanov with Nicolas II
What is left from their affair
is N°5 and a little jewel.

1938 - Coco Chanel runs into a secret sevice agent
Aimée Lopes de Sotto Maior
the little jewel


Aimée Lopes de Sotto Maior
1938 World War 2 is on it's way
and Brazil sends one of his most beautiful girls to Paris
to find information of what is going on in Paris.
Coco Chanel is captivated by the exotic looking Aimée Lopes de Sotto Maior
without realising that Aimée is a Secret Service Agent.
With collected information Aimée becomes an anti Nazi activist.
1940s she flies to New York where Patrick Joseph Kenney and herself
tro to influences the Roosevelt administration to take action.

old Coco Chanela little jewel from Coco Chanel

1960s Chanel and Aimée, now Aimée de Heeren become friends again.
At night when Chanel cannot sleep and when Aimée just returns from a party
they walk from the place Vendôme to the Cremerie de Paris
to sit on the mlysterious staircase and to watch the Les Halles foodmarket.

1970 christmas Before leaving this world Chanel gives the little jewel to Aimée.



1970s - The Cremerie de Paris story continues
with Carl and Friederike Solms
Babysitting with the last survivors of the inner Romanov cercle
Creating a dream to reactivate Cremerie de Paris

Dmitri Romanov with Nicolas IIDmitri Romanov with Nicolas II
Carl Solms as a young boy with Alexei Romanov and Nicolas II
and as an old man telling stories about Cremerie de Paris to his great-nephew Ben Solms.

Friederike Solms and Ben Solms in Lich
Friederike Solms as a young girl with her cousin Anastasia Romanov in Wolfsgarten (photo 1910)
and at an event in 1970 with her great nephiew Ben Solm (red circles)




1986 / 1993 / 2006 - Return of a Story
Running into the secret service agent
and friend of Coco Chanel
Aimée de Heeren
Reopening Cremerie de Paris

Aimée Lopes de Sotto MaiorAimée Lopes de Sotto Maior
1986 running into Chanel's friend
secret service agent Aimée de Heeren / Aimée Lopes de Sotto Maior

Aimée Lopes de Sotto Maior
1986 reopening the small Cremerie de Paris N°2
as a Sony Phone Boutique and Repair Service

1992 The legendary Cremerie de Paris N°1 is for rent.
Impossible to get the leass as Ben Solms is too young to be accepted by the owner.

a little jewel from Coco Chanel Aimée Lopes de Sotto Maior
1993 Aimee de Heeren sells the little jewel given to her by Coco Chanel
to help get a bank loan to buy the property
as if Chanel had decided to continue the sotry ...

a little jewel from Coco Chanela little jewel from Coco Chanel
1995 Cremerie de Paris becomes the first Internet cafe in France


1991 / 1998 / 2007 - Return of a Story
Getting the VB.com internet domain

VB.com
1991 early years of the Internet





since 2012 Return of a Story
Cremerie de Paris turning into a
Meeting Place of the World's most famous Brands




2012 Nike was the first to come to CXremerie de Paris
for an iconic Pop Up Store,
the Nike Barber Shop.



Genealogy

Nicolas II
son of Tsar Alexander III (1845 - 1894)
grandson of Tsar Alexander II (1881 - 1881)

son of Dagmar of Denmark / Maria Fedorovna (1845 - 1928)
grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark (1818 - 1906)
Louise Hessen (1817 - 1898)

Alix Hessen / Alexandra Feodorovna (1872 - 1918)
daughter of Louis IV Hessen (1837 - 1892)

daughter of Alice of the United Kingdom (1843 - 1878)
granddaughter of Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901)
childhood friend of Empress Eugenie who build les Halles de Paris

les cercle intérieur autour des enfants Romanov

The 5 children of Tsar Nicolas II and Alix Hessen
Olga Romanov (1895 - 1918)
Tatiana Romanov (1897 - 1918)
Maria Romanov (1899 - 1918)
Anastasia Romanov (1901 1918)
Alexei Romanov (1904 - 1918)

living with them young uncle Dmitri Romanov (1891 - 1942)
Dmitri was later the boyfriend of Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971)
who was a friend of Aimée de Heeren (1903 - 2006)
friend of Ben Solms, editor of VB.com


The children of the Tsarina's brother
Ernst Ludwig Hessen (1868 - 1937) married Victoria Melitta Sachsen (1876 - 1936)
Elisabeth Hessen (1895 - 1903)
remarried to Eleonore Solms (1871 - 1937)
Don Hessen (1906 - 1937)
Ludwig Hessen (1908 - 1968)

and their nieces & nephews
Philipp Solms (1895 - 1918)
Anna Agnes Solms (1899 - 1987)
Rosa Solms (1901 - 1963)
Hermann Otto Solms (1902 - 1940)
(grandfather of Ben Solms)
Carl Solms (1903 - 2004)
great-uncle and baby-sitter of Ben Solms
Elisabeth Solms (1903 - 1997)
Johanna Solms (1905 - 1982)
Friederike Solms (1905 - 1993)
great-aunt & baby-sitter of Ben Solms



Children of the Tsarina's sisters
Victoria Hessen (1863 - 1950) married to Louis Battenberg (1854 - 1921)
Alice Battenberg / Greece (1885 - 1969)
Louise Battenberg / Sweden (1889 - 1965)
George Battenberg (1892 - 1938)
Louis Battenberg (1900 - 1979)

Elisabeth Hessen (1864 - 1918) married to Sergei Romanov (1857 - 1905)
foster adopted children from Sergei's brother Paul Romanov (1860 - 1919)
Maria Pavlovna Romanov (1890 - 1958)
Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov (1891 - 1942)
half brother of
Vladimir Paley (1897 - 1918)
Irina Paley (1903 - 1990)
Natalia Paley (1905 - 1981)

Irene (1866 - 1953) married to Heinrich Preussen ( 1862 - 1929)
Waldemar Preussen (1889 - 1945)
Sigismund Preussen (1896 - 1978)
Heinrich Preussen (1900 - 1904)



The children of the Tsar's sister
Xenia Romanov (1875 - 1960) married to Alexander Romanov (1866 - 1933)
Irina (1895 - 1970) married to Felix Yusupov (1887 - 1967)
Andrei Romanov (1897 - 1981)
Fedor (1898 - 1968)
Nikita (1900 - 1974)
father of Alexander (1929 - 2002) married to Mimi Valguarnera di Niscemi
Dmitri (1901 - 1980)
Rotislav (1902 - 1978)
Vasily (1907 - 1989)